Qassem Soleimani laid to rest as thousands line the streets after Iranian ...

Qassem Soleimani is laid to rest in his hometown as thousands line the streets after Iranian missiles slammed into US bases in Iraq Qassem Soleimani was laid to rest in his hometown of Kerman on Tuesday  Thousands lined the streets as the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard's elite Quds Force was lowered into the ground Mourners decried his killing by US drone that the Pentagon said was because Soleimani 'was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats' It was after Iranian missiles slammed into US bases in Iraq on Tuesday night

By Leah Simpson For Dailymail.com

Published: 03:00 GMT, 8 January 2020 | Updated: 03:05 GMT, 8 January 2020

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Thousands of people have lined the streets of Qassem Soleimani hometown before the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard's elite Quds Force was laid to rest.

Local Iranians flooded Kerman for the funeral procession shortly after missiles form inside the country were launched at US bases in Iraq.

Mourners decried his killing by US drone that the Pentagon said was because Soleimani 'was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region'.  

Qassem Soleimani was laid to rest in his hometown of Kerman on Tuesday

 Qassem Soleimani was laid to rest in his hometown of Kerman on Tuesday

Soleimani's burial ceremony was televised showing crowds blocking outside the mosque

Soleimani's burial ceremony was televised showing crowds blocking outside the mosque

Thousands lined the streets as the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard's elite Quds Force was laid to rest

Thousands lined the streets as the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard's elite Quds Force was laid to rest

Images show the coffin being moved through the streets by locals who came to the service

Images show the coffin being moved through the streets by locals who came to the service

Images showed his casket being lowered to the ground

Images showed his casket being lowered to the ground

A stampede broke out Tuesday at Soleimani's funeral in his hometown of Kerman and at least 56 people were killed and more than 200 were injured as thousands thronged the procession, Iranian news reports said.

There was no information about what set off the crush in the packed streets. 

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